THIRTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION
NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA 1 °
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ANTIOCH, CHATHAM COUNTY, ' N. C,
October 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, 18G4;
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• THIRTY-NINTH AN X UAL SESSION
NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA
ANTIOCH, CHATHAM COUNTY, N. C,
October 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, 1864 ;
AND, ALSO, THE
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GREENSBORO, N. C.
AlSraOCH, North Cabolina, )
October 5th, 1804, )
The u North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference " met
pursuant to adjournment.
On motion of Elder T. J, Fowler, Elder John R. Holt was elect- d
President pro tern, and Elder W. S. L >ng, Secretary,
On notion, a Committee of three wag app >inted to recommend
suitable officers for the permanent organization • • Conference.—-
The Chair announced th° following committee: Dr, '. J M »ffitt
Elder D. T. Deans and brother J. W Hatch.
After a short retirement, the Committee returned and reported
as follows: For President, Elder John R. licit; for Vice Presi-
dent, Elder Thos. J. Fowler; for Secretary, Eider W. S. Long;
for Assistant Secretary, .Dr. S. J. Moffitt.
The vote being taken, the brethren recommended were unani-
On motion of Elder J. W. Wei Ions, the names of Ministers and
Delegates were enrolled, which resulted as follows :
Elders Present. — Alfred Apple, J. W. Wellons, D. T. Deans,
Thos. J. Fowler, John R. Holt, J. W. FarreH, Wm. S. Long, W.
D. Moffitt, Sol. Apple, J. M. Mi finis; E W. Beaie, C. A. Apple,
J. N. Manning, R. G, Tinnin" T. G. Craven.
Elders Absent. — A. G. Anderson, P. W.Allen, A. Isley, Chas«
tien Allen. G. G. Walker, II . B. Hayes, Thos. Truitt, A. Franks,
W. M. Craven, Jos. Albright, L. Lambeth, Wm. Rollins, A. S.
Nelson, A. Craven, J. S. Swift,
Licentiates Present, — J. S. Lawrence, C. Ansley, C. A. Boon,
J. W. Hatch, John Goodrich, W. H. Franks.
Licentiates Absent. — W. K. Martin, L. C. Madison, Abner
Apple, P. R Jones, A. T. Rich.
(For list of Delegates vide statistical Table,)
On motion, Conference set apart 11 o'clock each day for Re-
ligious Exercises. •
On motion, p Committee of three was appointed on Religious
Exercises, viz: German Guthrie, M. Murchison, Nicholas DafFord.
On motion, 9 o'clock to-morrow morning was set apart for the
delivery cf the Annual Address.
On motion, the petitions from new churches were called for,
whereupon the petitions from Martha's Chapel, aud Pleasant
Union were handed in, and by a vote of Conference unanimously
On motion^ the Chair was requested to appoint the usual Com-
mittee as soon as practicable.
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet to-morrow morning
at 9 o'clock.
Singing and prayer by Elder T. J. Fowler.
October 6th, 9 o'clock, A. M.
After singing and prayer, Elder J. W. Wellons delivered a very
interesting and instructive address.
The Chair announced the following Committees, viz :
On Home Missions.— W. P. Moffitt, J. N. Farrell, J. W.
On Statistics.— -E. W. Beale, J M. Minnis, J. Turrentine.
On Temperance.— S. J. Moffitt, W. S. Farrell, N. DafFord.
On Finances. — A. Moring, J. T. Moffitt, C. A. Boon.
On Sabbath Schools.— J. W. Wellons. J. W. Pritchett, T. G.
On Memoirs— C. A. Apple, T. J. fowler, J. S. Turrentine. -
On Character and Standing of the Ministry. — A. Moring, S.
J. Moffitt, T. J. Apple, M. Murchison, J. S. Turrentine, G. B.
Guthrie, Beverly Sears.
On Ministerial Supply. — S. Apple, M. Murchison, J. Gibson,
J. W. Hatch, N. Dalford, E. C. Tuck.
Cn motion, the letters JVom the different churches were called
for and read.
On motion, a lector from brother P. R.^Jones was referred to
the following Committee, viz : J. W. Hatch, E. W. Beale and T.
On motion, a special Committee was appointed to draft a suita-
ble preamble and resolutions relative to the death of Rev. J. P.
Lemay, formerly a minister of this Conference. Committee, Sol.
Apple, T. J. Fowler, Alfred Apple.
On motion, the contributions, from the various churches, for the
Conference Fund, were called for and received. (Vide addenda.)
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet 2 o'clock, P. M.
2 o'clock, P. M.
Conference convened, and was called to order by the President.
The Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministry
made the following report, which was received :
. Your Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministry
report: That after careful examination, we find all of our Minis-
ters in good and regular standing, except B. N. Hopkins, W. H.
Doherty and W. N. Bragg. Each of these cases is respectfully
submitted for the consideration of Conference, together ■with a
specification ol charges against each.
ALFRED ALBRIGHT, Chairman.
On motion, the above report was referred to a Committee of all
the Elders present.
Oa motion, Conference adjourned to meet to-morrow morning
at 9 o'clock. f
Singing and prayer by Elder Sol. Apple.
October 7th, 9 o'clock, A. M.
Conference assembled pursuant to adjournment. Singing and
prayer by A. Apple.
On motion, a Special Committee was appointed to report on the
Condition of the Country. Committee, Elders W. S. Long, C. A.
Apple, E. W. Beaie.
The Committee on Home Missions made the following report,
which was received and adopted :
Your Committee on Home Missions beg leave to report. We,
your Committee believe that this subject deserves the careful at-
Mention of this body. We are of opinion that this subject has been
too much neglected by our Conferences heretofore, and we would
earnestly recommend that this Conference take, more active steps
in procuring the set vices of faithful ministers to operate without
the bounds of our Conference, and make known our principles
w^ere they have not yet been proclaimed. And further, we be-
lieve that no agency could be of more service to us as a Church
than that of a few faithful missionaries.
Especially wculd we recommend the sending of missionary aid
to our army to meet the wants of our brave and noble defenders,
who have so long stood as a wall of steel between us and our in-
solent invaders, and thus show them that we care for their spirit-
ual welfare. Respectfully submitted.
W. D. M OFF ITT, Chairman.
On motion, the ministers of Conference were requested to vol-
unteer their services to serve, at intervals, in the army, as mis-
sionaries, whereupon all of the ministers volunteered their ser-
On motion, Captain C. E. King was received as a delegate from
On motion, Capt C Jt. King, John S. Turrentine, and German
Guthrie were appointed a standing Committee to supply the army
with a missionary, and make all other arrangements pertaining
The special Committee of all the Eiders made the following re
port, which was received and unanimously adopted :
Your Committee, to whom was referred the report of the Com-
mittee on the character and standing of the ministry beg leave to
report : — That we have carefully inquired into the cases before us
and would recommend,
\. That Elders B. N. Hopkins and W. H. Doherty be suspended
from the exercise of all ministerial functions until a reguiar inves-
tigation of the charges against them can take place.
0. That of the two charges preferred against Elder W. N.
Bragg we Consider the second on'y partially sustained, and there-
fort) have nothing to recommend in reference to it. As to the first
charge against the said Eider W. N. Bragg we would pronounce
it fully sustained, and would, therefore, recommend that he be ex-
pelled from this Conference and his credentials demanded.
Respectful] v submitted,
THOS. J. FOWLER, Chairman,
Ths following committee was appointed to wait on W. N\
Bragg and obtain his credentials, viz: J. N. Harming, Sol. Apple,
J, W. We! Ions,
JResolved, That the subjects recommended in the annual address
be referred to a committee.
la accordance with the foregoing resolution, the President ap-
pointed the following a committee, J. N. Manning, J. S. Turren-
tine, R. G. Tift n in.
The Committee on Memoirs made the following report which
was received, and, after several affecting speeches, was unanimously
We, your Committee on Memoirs, beg leave to report: — That
the only business before us has been the case of our beloved and
lamented brother, Elder Josiah McCuiloch.
Bro. McCullock early been me interested on the subject of his
soul's salvation, and ceased not to seek until he had found the
pearl of great price. Finding the Savior so precious to his own
soul, he soon became anxious to declare the " unsearchable riches"
of Christ to his fellow men. Acting under these impulses, h*
sought and obtained, about the year 1851, a license to preach the-
Gospel Thus, he became a member of the North Carolina and
Vitglnia Christian Conference. Your committee are fully persua-
ded that that body never received a member whose heart was
purer or whose soul was fuller of that broad charity which alona
can characterize us as Christians. Bro. McCuiloch labored faith-
fully and well until his ordination to the office of an Elder, which
took place s une yeaiu after. His conduct in this prominent posi,
tion was such as became a follower of the meek and lowly Lamb
and of the pious, faithful and exemplary Christian minister.
His industry was untiring ;. end few have more faithfully obeyed
the injunction of Scripture : -'Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might '' His efforts in behalf of our Home Mis-
sionary Society, and of Graham College are especially worthy of
all commendation. Though the latter institution has ceased to ex-
ist, yet his labors in both these enterprises will be seen and felt
long after this world and the things thereof shall have passed
But the ways of God are inscrutable. In the midst of his exer-
tions for the good of his race, Bro. McCulloch was seized with
that monster, consumption, which has so often brought to an un-
timely end the noblest and best of our land. Daring the. progress
of that lingering, and often nattering disease, though unable to
preach, yet he endeavored by every means in his power to ad-
vance the interests of the church of his choice ; and the good cause
of the Redeemer of men.
He. used, as all ought to do, every reasonable exertion to prolong
that life which God had given him. for good 2nd wise purposes. —
He removed from his former place of residence in Chatham coun-
ty, N. C, to Mecklinburg county, where he hoped to derive bene-
fit from the influence of a milder climate. But, alas! alas! the
hand of the final enemy was upon him ! He took his bed to rise
no more. Having received the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at
the hands of Elder Thos. J. Fowler, he fell asleep in the arms of
Jesus. No more shall he languish with disease, no more shall the
hectic cough of consumption convulse with agony his feeble frame!
He has entered into the reward of his labors and into that " rest
that remaineth unto the people of God." While we let fall the
silent tear on his grave, we cannot but rejoice that he has gone
home to his heavenly Father. Let us imitate his example, and
follow his precepts; and while we grieve over his departure from
our midst, yet w T e believe that we would only be accepting his
counsel, could he speak to us from the realms of the Spirit land,
if we close up the ranks and march forward.
-. For the further expression of our sentiments, we would submit
the following preamble and resolutions :
Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, in his merciful Prov-
idence, to remove from our midst, our beloved brother, Elder Jo-
siah McCulloch; therefore,
1. Resolved, That though we mourn deeply the loss of our dear
brother, yet we are satisfied that our loss, though to us irrepara-
ble, has been to him eternal gain.
• 2. Resolved, That the church has lost a faithful minister, his
family, a kind protector, and the community, an upright and use-
3 Resolved, That, at a suitable time, this Conference, in its
own capacity, will appoint some minister to deliver a funeral ser-
mon in memory of our departed brother.
. 4. Resolved, That Conference will endeavor at as early a day
as practicable to erect, at its own expense, a suitable monument as
feeble testimony of its regard for his many virtues.
• 5. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the
■family of the deceased, and also to the " Christian Sun" for publi-
cation. Eespectfully submitted,
C. A. APPLE, Chairman.
Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to prepare the Min-
utes of Conference, for publication as soon as practicable and have
.600 copies printed for distribution.
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock, P. M.
2 o'clock, P. M.
Pursuant to adjournment Conference assembled. The Presi-
dent in the chair.
The Committee on Finance made the following report, which
was received and adopted :
Your Committee on Finance report. That after examining the
Treasurer's accounts we find him charged as follows :
To cash on hand 1863
" " received 1864 -
By cash paid sisters Kerr, Evans and Cole
fifty dollars each, - - - - $150 00
" " " C. A. Apple for preparing
Minutes 5 00
" " for printing Minutes, - 112 50
Balance on hand, - •
A. MO RING-, Chairman.
jResolved, That E. W. Beale be appointed to deliver the next
Annual Address and Elder P. W. Allen be appointed alternate.
On motion, the sum of $100 each was appropriated to the wid-
ows of Elders Kerr, Evans and Cole.
On motion, it was ordered that the Secretary draw on the Treas-
urer for $25 to defray the contingent expenses of his office.
On motion, Elders Wellons and Minnis were appointed a com- .
mittee to locate the next annual session of this body, within the
bounds of the Tar River circuit, and report to the Secretary as
soon as practicable.
The Committee on the Condition of the Country reported as fol-
lows, which was received and unanimously adopted:
Your Committee on the Condition of the Country would beg
leave to report : That,
Whereas, A murderous war is now raging between the Con-
federate States through all perils and disasters : discountenancing
all treason, and every attempt at re-union with a hated, and worse
than barbarous foe — that, trusting in God for the righteousness of
our cause, as well as for the succor in our distress, we will stand or
fall in defense of those principles for which our fathers fought, and
which so many of our nouiest and dearest friends have sealed with
2. Resolved, That we set apart to-morrow, Saturday, Oct. 8th,
1 o'clock, P. M., as an hour of special prayer for peace.
3. Resolved, That Friday, the 4th day of November next, be
set apart by us as a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer.
4. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to
the " Christian Sun " for publication.
W. S. LONG, Chairman
• The Committee to which was referred the suggestions made in
the Annual Address reported as follows, received and adopted.
Your Committee to whom was referred the Annual Address, re-
port on the subject of a Church Periodical the following :
1st. Resolved, That Conference elect an Editorial Council of
three to provide for the continued publication of the Christian
Sun, and that said Council employ an Editor, determine the place
of publication and fix the price of the paper.
2nd. Resolved, That Conference be invited to give a liberal
support to our Denominational organ, and each Minister and Dele-
gate present give his name and Post Office to the President of the
Editorial Council with as many contributors to the Christian Sun,
as he thinks he can possibly procure at the price hereafter to be
determined ; which price shall not exceed the actual cost attend
nig the publication of the paper.
3rd. Resolved, That said Council be instructed to procure the
services of Elder W. B. W ellons, if possible upon any reasonable
terms, but if they fail in this then to obtain the services of some
one else competent to edit successfully our church organ.
JOHN N. MANNING, Chairman.
On motion, the election of the Editorial Council was made the
special order of 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
On motion, the name of Lindsay's Chapel was changed to that' of
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet to-morrow morning,
9 o'clock. Singing and prayer by Elder John N. Farrell.
October 8th, 9 o'clock, A. If.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment and called to order by
Singing and prayer by Elder. J. M. Minnis.
The election of an Editorial Counci], being the business of thits
hour, took place, which resulted in the election of Elders W. S.
Long,- E. W. Bcale and P. R. Harden, Esq.
The Committee, to which the letter of bro. P. II. Jones was re-
ferred, reported as follows, which was received and adopted:
Your Committee to whom was referred the letter of bro. P. R,
Jones would suggest the propriety of referring his case to the Con-
E. W. BE ALE, Chairman.
The Committee, appointed to draft a suitable preamble and res-
olutions relative to the death of our bro. John P. Lemay, reported
the following which was received, and after several affecting re-
marks by the brethren, was unanimously adopted:
Your Committee, appointed to report a suitable preamble and
resolutions in regard to the death of Elder John P. Lemay would
beg leave to submit the following:
Whereas, It has pleased God in his all wise Providence to re-
move from labor to reward our beloved brother Elder J. P. Le-
may, formerly a member of this body ; but at the time of his death
a resident of the State of Mississippi ; Therefore,
1. Resolved, That while we mourn the departure of our broth-
er, yet we bow in humble submission to the will of the Almighty
Disposer of events.
2. Jiesolved, That the Church has lost a faithful minister, a
staunch friend and a zealous supporter of the great principles of
Christian union and brotherly love.
3. JResolped, That the North Carolina and Virginia Christian
Conference will ever cherish with gratitude the memory of one who
has so nobly upheld her cause,, and so untiringly labored in the
vineyard of our common Lord.
4. He-solved^ That a copy of these resolutions; be sent to the
Christian Sun for publication, and also to his sister, Mrs. Susan
F. Philips, his only surviving near relative in North Carolina.
SOL. APPLE, Chairman,
Resolved, That the grateful thanks of this Conference are due
and are hereby tendered the good brethren and friends for tie
kind and hospitable manner in which they have entertained tlxia
On motion, the name of Elder C. A. Apple was added to the
standing committee of examination of applicants for the ministry.
The Educational Committee reported as follows which was
received and adopted :
The Educational Committee report that the class looking for-
ward to the Ministry has received many promising additions.—
That the examination of the members generally gave much satis-
faction to the committee, and that after careful investigation and
full inquiry we are persuaded that the good of the cause and the
moral and mental attainments of the following will justify their or-
dination, viz : John Goodrich, C. A. Boon and John S. Lawrence.
And the Committee recommend Conference to grant License to
bros. W. R. Brown and James K. Gibson.
JOHN N. MORING, Chairman.
On motion, the ordination of the three brethren recommended,
was made the special business of to-morrow morning.
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock.
2 o'clock, P. M.
Conference convened. The President in the chair.
On motion, leave of absence was granted Elders R. G. Tinnin
and T. J. Fowler and bros. J. W. Hatch and Alfred Moring.
Resolved, That Conference request ail of our Ministers to take
up a collection at each of our churches for the purpose of sending
missionary aid to the army.
A similar request was likewise made for the increase of the
The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. (The report is
partially omitted.) The following resolution is inserted :
Resolved, That each minister be requested to establish a Sab-
bath School at each of his churches and report the same at our next
The Committee on Temperance made a lengthy report, discoun-
tenancing the use of intoxicating liquors, in very strong terms,
which is, on account of its length, omitted.
The President announced, as a Conference Committee for the
ensuing year, Elders S. Apple, J. N. Manning, A. G. Andersen.
The Committee on Ministerial Supply made the following re-
port which was received and adopted :
Dan River Association — C. A. Apple, J. N. Manning.
Tar River — James W. Wellons, J. M. Minnis.
New Hope— Thos. J. Fowler, J. N. FarrelJ, J. W. Hatch.
Middle Creek — D. T. Deanes.
Cape Fear— W. D. Moffitt.
Deep River — J. S. Lawrence, Wm. R. Brown.
Haw River— E. W. Beale.
Concord and Mt. Zion — A. G. Anderson.
Reedy Fork— P. W. Allen.
Lebanon — Sol. Apple.
Shady Grove and New Salem — T. G. Craven.
Bethlehem — A. Isley.
Apples and Hines' Chapel — W. S. Long.
Martha's Chapel— R. G. Tinnin.
Bethel — C. A. Boon. John Goodrich operates in the same
field he did last year.
S. APPLE, Chairman.
JResolved, That we, as a body now convened in Conference,
would state for the information of whomsoever it may concern,
That Licentiates are considered ministers and have ever been re-
spected as such.
Resolved, That the funeral of Elder Josiah McCulloch, be
preached to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock, by Eider John R.
On motion, the thanks of Conference were extended to its offi-
cers for the faithful performance of their duties.
On motion, Conference subscribed for SO copies of the Sun.
On motion, Conference adjourned to meet with the Tafr River
Association on Wednesday before the 2nd Sabbath in October,
1865, at 9 o'clock.
JOHN R. HOLT, President.
THOS. J. FOWLER, Vice President.
W. S. Long, Secretary.
S. J. Moffitt, Ass't Secretary.
A. S. Nelson......
W. K. Martin....
L. C. Madison....
A. G- Anderson..
P. W. Allen
G. G. Walker...
H. - B. Hayes
P. R. Jones
W. S. Long
W. D. Moffitt
J. M. Minnis. ..
E. W. Beale
J. N. Manning
R. G. Tinrim
J. S.Lawrence s,
C. A. Boon
J. W. Hatch
Anderson's Store „....
48th Reg't N. C. T ...
Army N. Va.
W . M. Craven I Gol d. Region Moore
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE CONFERENCE FUND,
Union, Va.... $ 20 00
New Providence 80 00
Hank's Chapel 105 00
New Elam 23 75
Pleasant Hill Chapel.... 5 00
O'Kelly's Chapel 68 00
Pleasant Grove, Va 20 00
Park's X Roads 3 50
Union, Alamance .......100 00
Midway . 10 00
Martha's Chapel 5 00
Mt Auburn.... ....$28 00
Liberty Hill 22 50
Pope's Chapel 30 45
Zion 8 00
Lebanon 14 00
Shallow Well 8 00
Pleasant Ridge 3 00
Oak Level 26 80
Shady Grove 10 00
Damascus 21 75
HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The Home Missionary Society of the N. 0. and Va. Christian
Conference, assembled at Antioch Church, Chatham county, on
Saturday, the 8th day of October, 1864.
Rev. Solomon Apple was called to the Chair, and E. W. Beale
was appointed Secretary. The proceedings of last meeting were
read and approved.
Rev. J. R. Holt, who had been appointed a Missionary to the
Army, made a verbal report of his labors, &c.
The Secretary was requested to furnish Rev. J. R. Holt an
order on Treasurer for $125.
On motion, the chairman of committee to supply the army
with a missionary, was ordered to draw on the Treasurer month-
ly for $25.
Rev. W. S. Long was elected Treasurer of the Society, the
office having been vacated by the death of Rev. Josiah McCulloch.
On motion, the ministers were requested to appeal to their
congregations in behalf of the Society, during the present Confer-
On motion, the Secretary was requested to furnish the Secreta-
ry of Conference with the proceedings of the Society, for publica-
An election of officers was held for the next year, which resulted
in the election of Rev. Solomon Apple, for President, Rev. S.
JST. Manning for Vice President and E. W. Beale for Secretary.
The Society then adjourned to meet with the next Session of
the N. C. and Va. Christian Conference.
SOLOMON APPLE, Chairman.
E. W. Beale, Secretary.
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